World of Avallone - Men's Fashion & Lifestyle

Australian Celebrity Harry Cook Endorses Avallone! June 01 2016

One of our most popular products, the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag, was recently acquired by Australian movie star Harry Cook!

Harry Cook

Harry Cook came into contact with Avallone via our website, and fell in love with our unique designs, and high quality Italian leather used on all of our Luxury leather goods. Harry particularly loved the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag in brown. He could not resist the unique blend of Italian Napa leather and Lamb Suede, along with the high quality and superior style of the handmade leather bag. After receiving the Avallone handmade leather bag, Harry was so elated, he posted about the 1st Class Traveler Duffle bag on all of his social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

In addition to handmade leather bags, we also make handmade leather wallets, belts, passport holders, and a variety of other men’s luxury leather accessories. Click here to browse our entire selection of men's handmade leather goods. Current prices range from $19 to $638, and also feature a brand new Canvas & Leather Collection.

If you would like to find a local retailer who carries Avallone leather goods, go to the “Find a Retailer” link in the footer of our website. 


4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Wallet April 15 2016

4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Wallet

Here’s a familiar scenario: You finally bite the bullet and treat yourself to new handmade leather wallet you’ve been keeping tabs on. For a solid week or two, you keep your new leather wallet pristine andonly to slowly start to pack it with extraneous minutiae: Extra cards, loose change, paper scraps, ticket stubs, receipts, and other junk.

Not only can this completely stretch out the supple leather and suede, but it also can—as crazy as it sounds—create high levels unnecessary stress for you on a daily basis.

Overstuffed bags and wallets hinder you from finding what you need quickly, such as Metrocards (which can cause missed-trains), key cards to get into your office (resulting in being late), or that $5 bill to buy that coffee (which holds up lines, inherently creating stress.)

The good news: Organizing your wallet is way easier than you think. Read on for a 4-step guide to cutting unnecessary clutter right now.

1. Always utilize the bill holder.

Folding cash sticking it in card slots, or any other pocket creates a mess—there’s a reason why the bill pocket exists. Always make sure your bills are neatly inserted for easy access and exchange.

2. Do a card check.

Take out every card you’re carrying and lay them out on a table, and start to decide if you really need to be carrying every single card every single day. A good breakdown of what’s needed:

Imperative to have daily: Your driver’s license or some form of valid identification (use the plastic ID section if your wallet has one), your health insurance card, your debit/ATM card, the one credit card you use the most, and any card needed to get into your place of work. Organize the cards in pockets according to those you grab most often.

Not needed daily: Secondary or “emergency” credit cards, rewards/discount cards/gift cards (only carry these when you know you’re heading to the retailer), membership cards, library cards, business card you’ve been given, dental and vision insurance cards. Keep these things all together in a pouch at home, so you always know where they are.

 

3. Go through paper scraps 

The biggest offender when it comes to messy, unorganized wallets are paper scraps, namely receipts. Of course, it’s inevitable that we’re going to stick receipts on our wallets, but it’s key that you go through and get rid of ones you don’t need weekly.

A good rule of thumb: Throw away receipts for inexpensive items that are already gone at the time of your wallet purge, such as lunch from yesterday, coffee, a pack of gum, or other everyday things. To avoid clutter from these types of scraps completely, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell the cashier that you don’t need a receipt for these items to begin with.

If you’re fastidious about budgeting, hang onto receipts for larger items such as big restaurant meals or bar tabs, fashion purchases, warranties, and household-related things, but keep them in a separate envelope that can easily be referenced. If you need to return an item, only then should you place the receipt into your leather wallet.

As for other paper scraps—jotted-down addresses, coupons, reminders, phone numbers, etc—throw away anything you won’t need again, as they’ll take up just as much pointless space in a drawer at home as they will in your wallet.

4. Think digitally.

In our digital world, it’s a given that apps exist strictly with the goal of keeping your leather wallet spic and span. Here are a few to try:

CardStar: A popular free app that allows you to cut wallet and keychain clutter by consolidating all your loyalty and rewards cards.

Google Wallet: Google’s aptly-named app allows you to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, as well as store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and more.

 

Now that you have a better idea on how to organize your leather wallet to keep it looking good and working well, don't hesitate to spend that extra money on a premium handmade leather wallet. At Avallone, we have a full selection of men's leather wallets that all come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty! 

Click Here to Start Shopping for Your Next Luxury Leather Wallet! 


Avallone Leather Review by The Urban Gentry! March 04 2016

We just received a stellar review on our leather goods from TGV founder of The Urban Gentry (http://www.theurbangentry.nyc/home.html). For those of you who do not know, The Urban Gentry is a lifestyle, horology, and a culture Youtube channel inspired by the loves and passions of its host TGV. Known affectionately by his closest fans as "The Governor", TGV was born in London, the son of a British aristocrat and an Italian doctor. He was raised in both countries and has traveled extensively to many exciting international cities. While studying in Florence, Italy, he fell in love with a New Yorker, and subsequently moved to New York City where he currently resides and works in music, film production and audio engineering.

TGV was so impressed with you our quality and style, that he wanted to share our products with his viewers! 

Check it out below (FYI - Our segment starts at the 3 min. mark):

You can shop all Avallone Handmade Leather Goods by Clicking Here! 

 


What is an RFID Wallet? February 24 2016

Before we get into what an RFID wallet is, it’s important you understand how RFID technology works. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This technology lets you simply wave your credit card, debit card, ID card, passport, or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic strip through it. This scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. This all sounds great, but the problem is that criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private information quickly and silently. All the criminal needs to do is come near your wallet with the card reader because RFID enabled credit cards don’t have an off switch.

If your card has PayWave,  Blink, or PayPass, indicated by a radio wave signal or logo on the front or back of the card, then it has an RFID chip inside of it. Just beware that some cards can still have an RFID chip even if there is no logo on it.

RFID Technology on a Credit Card

An RFID wallet is equipped with a special lining that prevents your credit cards from receiving signals from any RFID scanner (particularly from criminals). By using an RFID wallet you can safely guard your information and credit cards from identity thieves who use RFID scanners to pick up your personal information. To find out if a wallet has RFID protection in it, you can ask the retailor or look in the description of the item. You can also look inside of the wallet at the lining. RFID lining usually has a shinier appearance to it and most commonly comes in shades of silver, gold, and red sheens.

Currently Avallone has RFID protection in the new Canvas & Leather Collection of men’s handmade wallets (we have also added it to our antique leather wallets). All of the pockets have a special silver lining (that is not visible from the exterior of the wallet) to protect all of your credit cards and ID cards from any stray RFID scanners.

Click Here to Shop Our New RFID Wallets in Canvas & Leather!

Mens Canvas & Leather Front Pocket Wallet w/ID Window & RFID Protection
shown above.


How to Use Saddle Soap to Preserve Your Leather Goods February 12 2016

Many people have purchased different leather goods throughout their lives, but when it comes to preserving, caring, or cleaning their quality leather goods, they don’t know where to start. A simple way to start caring for any handmade leather product is to use Saddle Soap. Saddle Soap cleans, softens, and preserves just about any type of leather, all in one shot.  

For those who have never heard of Saddle Soap, it is a mixture that contains a fine soap to thoroughly clean away dirt and grime, even salt stains. Most Saddle Soaps are formulated with glycerin and lanolin to make leather soft and supple, with a quality wax for added protection. Saddle Soap is good for any quality leather product you may have in your house, just don’t use it on suede.

Follow these steps to get started cleaning your handmade leather goods:

  1. Remove excess dirt with a stiff brush or damp cloth.
  2. Open your Saddle Soap tin and rub the surface of the soap with a moist cloth to develop lather.
  3. Rub the lather well into your leather product, and wipe off any excess lather with a damp cloth.
  4. Repeat the procedure from steps 2 and 3 as necessary.
  5. When the leather has dried, buff the leather product with a soft cloth to develop a nice luster.

Using saddle soap on your handmade leather goods is a great, easy way to care, clean, and preserve the leather. If you are unsure if it will mesh with any particular type of leather, test it on a small inconspicuous area to be sure. Saddle Soap can be found in most drug stores and supermarkets. So, if you need to restore the luster in any of your leather goods, keep an eye out for Kiwi or Fiebings Saddle Soap on your next shopping trip, as they are the most recommended brands that make it.

saddle soap for mens handmade leather goods             Fiebings saddle soap for mens handmade leather goods


New Canvas & Leather RFID Wallets in Stock! January 22 2016

We have been promising a new collection of men's handmade leather wallets, and we finally have the items in stock! The Avallone Canvas & Leather Collection was created for the working professional who love's leather, but who also wants a lower price point with color combinations not common in most everyday leather goods. Our Canvas & Leather Collection features two color combinations: Navy Blue & Brown, and Grey & Dark Grey/Black. Both color combinations offer a timeless yet unique appearance with a subtle air of sophistication. Additionally, every wallet in the Canvas & Leather Collection has a special lining with RFID protection in it. This ensures your private information stays private, away from the hands of identity thieves. 

Take a look a look below for a quick preview of the men's handmade wallets in the Canvas & Leather Collection: 

 


 

 

Mens Canvas & Leather Tri-Fold Wallet - Grey

 

The mens handmade canvas and leather wallets shown above are just a small preview of the wallets available in our new collection! 

Click Here To Shop the Full Collection Today! 

 


New Men’s Handmade Leather Goods Line Coming! January 07 2016

We are now anouncing the release of a newly crafted men’s handmade leather goods line titled the “Canvas & Leather Collection”. The new Canvas & Leather Collection is made from distressed crazy horse leather and canvas with 2 color combinations that will be available, contains a warranty to protect the buyer from any defects, and will be suitable for any working professional or world traveler. 

This new men’s handmade leather goods collection will consist of different styles of men’s wallets and bags, which are to be made in color combinations of Navy Blue Canvas with Brown Leather, and Light Grey Canvas with Dark Grey Leather.  All of the men’s wallets and bags in the Canvas and Leather Collection will be handmade and equipped with a traditional Avallone Warranty to ensure a high quality product. Additionally, all of the mens wallets will have RFID protection. These new men’s handmade leather goods also feature simple designs and unique color options, not replicated by any other brands in the market, and are the perfect definition of style and class. The Canvas & Leather Collection is set to launch around late January or early February of 2016.

Check out some of the photos below for a quick preview of our new men's handmade leather goods collection:

men's Canvas & Leather Backpack in Navy Blue


men's Canvas & Leather Duffle in Grey


men's Canvas & Leather Small Weekender in Navy Blue


men's Canvas & Leather Briefcase in Grey 

Avallone also makes more men's handmade leather goods in all leather. Just click here to proceed to our full product selection. 


New for Holidays: Italian Leather Keychains! December 18 2015

Just in time for the 2015 holiday season is our newly crafted Italian Leather Keychain. Until now, Avallone has only stocked men's handmade leather wallets, leather bags, and leather belts. Our new Italian Leather Keychain ($18) is handcrafted in Italian Napa Leather, features a polished silver steel key ring and rivet, and comes in a luxurious gift box and velvet pouch. The Italian Leather Keychain is stocked in 8 different color choices, some of which include yellow, red, blue, and green! Our simple design and unique color options, not replicated by any other brands in the market, are the perfect definitions of style and class.

Check out some of new pictures below:

These Italian leather keychains are an excellent edition to any gift for this holiday season, or even as something extra for yourself when buying a new leather bag or leather wallet for someone else. 

Click here for more detailed pictures and choices of our handmade Italian Leather Keychains!

All of our items ship out the next business day to anywhere in the USA for Free! 


3 Reasons Why Leather Bags Make the Best Gifts December 11 2015

With Christmas right around the corner, you might still be wondering what to get as gifts for some of the more special people in your life. Well you can look no further as all of us here at Avallone agree that the best gift you can get anyone for Christmas is a new handmade leather bag. Are we biased? Maybe a little, after all, we do make very nice men’s handmade leather bags, with a lifetime warranty I might add, but that’s not why we think they are the best gifts to give.

Here are 3 Non-Biased reasons why:

A Quality Leather Bag Will Last Them Years if not a Lifetime

If you’re buying a quality handmade leather bag, a bag that is made with quality construction and premium leather, it will last a very, very long time. It won’t just last for weeks or months, but years, maybe even the rest of their life if they take very good care of it.

They Will Remember You Every Time They Use It

Every time that person uses the handmade leather bag you gave them, they will remember that you gave it to them, and how happy you made them feel. This is especially true for a high quality, handmade leather bag. So, if you want that person to remember you for years, if not a lifetime, start shopping for their new Christmas present: A Handmade Leather Bag.  

People Love to Receive Unique, High Quality Items

When is the last time you received a unique, high quality leather bag as a present? Personally, I have never received one, even before I started Avallone. I am willing to bet very few of you have received one as a gift. Most people receive clothing, gift certificates, and money. When someone gets something that stands out from the rest of their gifts, they feel important, happy, and very grateful towards that person who took the extra time and care to buy them something they may only get a few times, if not once in their life.

Conclusion:

Now that you have 3 very big reasons to get that important person in your life a high quality, premium leather bag, get started shopping. Whether it’s your boss (maybe you want a promotion), a family member, best friend, or spouse, Avallone has a nice selection for you to start your online shopping with. All of our luxury leather bags are handmade, come with a lifetime warranty, and feature a unique blend of Italian leather and lamb suede that combine European style with modern function.

Click Here to Shop Our Men’s Handmade Leather Bags Today!

Executive Leather Laptop Carrier by Avallone Shown Above


Bay Rum – Not Just an Aftershave December 02 2015

Before Bay Rum after shave was around, sailors passing through the West Indies in the 16th century would use bay leaves as a natural deodorant, and also as a relief for sunburn. They would simply rub the dry leaves on their body. The practice started to catch on, and this became the go-to solution for deodorant and skin relief.

Bay Leaves used for Bay Rum AfterhshaveBay Leaves used for Bay Rum Aftershave

It was then later discovered that seeping the bay leaves in the sailors favorite drink, Rum, could extract the oils much more efficiently than just rubbing the dry leaves on their skin. The rum also added a new component to the smell, and sailors then began using the liquid as their cologne too.

At present day, alcohol is still used to extract the bay leaf oil, but is then distilled down to an essential oil. The Bay Rum you see in stores today is a combination of Bay leaf oil, alcohol, rum, and other ingredients that can vary depending on the manufacturer or brand.

Early Bay Rum Distillation
Early Bay Leaf Distillation

We are now aware of many more benefits besides relief from sunburn and smelling great, which comes from Bay Rum.

Thicker Hair

Bay Rum has been used throughout the years to aid in hair growth. The ingredients found in bay rum stimulates the skin and scalp, producing more hair, resulting in a thicker beard, or a thicker head of hair if you use it as a head wash. Bay Rum is also helpful in hydrating and soothing your skin, especially after a shave.

More Vibrant Skin

Bay Rum is frequently used as an after-shave because the bay leaves help to de-stress your skin, thus preventing the occurrence of wrinkles and skin outbreaks. The oil of bay leaf also has pretty amazing healing powers, which is another reason it’s perfect for your skin in the winter months. In the past, it was used to relieve cuts and bruises. Bay leaf oil also has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties which can cure skin infections.

Mood Uplifter

Bay Rum can also be an effective anti-depressant. The scent is so pleasant, even a small amount has been found to initially uplift the sense of well-being and can increase confidence levels. Sounds like a great scent for a new job or first date!

 Now that you know the history of Bay Rum, you might want to try some out for yourself! At Avallone, we make a fantastic bay rum aftershave right here in Jersey City, NJ. The Bay Rum Aftershave contains a proprietary mixture that includes Bay Leaf Oil, All Spice Oil, Glycerin, Jamaican Rum, and Menthol. It’s perfect as an aftershave, cologne, or a tingling head wash. Our exclusive formula is also aged for 2 months after being bottled to give you a scent that’s subtle, yet strong enough to last the entire day.


3 Easy Ways to Care for Any Leather Bag November 25 2015

So, you have finally bought that new handmade leather bag you’ve been saving for. Now the only question left in your mind is: How do I clean and take care of this luxury leather bag to keep it looking great?

The following are the 3 best ways to take care of any quality handmade leather bag.

How to Preserve the Leathers Quality

To preserve the leather quality of your handmade leather bag, try Pecard Leather Dressing. It’s best used on a new leather product to preserve it, and help prevent premature wear from stains. However, it can also be used on a product that you’ve previously used. Just keep in mind; it could take up to 1 week for the leather bag to absorb it depending on the thickness of its leather.

Pecard Leather Dressing

How to Clean a Stain

Many things can stain your new handmade leather bag including ketchup, sunblock, hairspray, or even water. There is also a distinction between water based stains and oil based stains. Water based stains such as ketchup, water, and the like can be treated at home.

For water-based stains, Avallone recommends using saddle soap.  You’ll want to apply it as soon as possible after the stain has occurred.  You should blot or wipe the product onto the stain.  However, to be on the safe side, you may want to first test the product on a small area of the bag, because depending on the type of leather, it could cause its own stain. 

Kiwi Saddle Soap

For oil based stains such as paint, oil, or wax, we recommend going to a professional cleaning service. These stains are much harder to take out then water based stains, and you do not want to risk further damaging your new handmade leather bag.

How to Store Your Handmade Leather Bag When Not Being Used

When you’re not using your new handmade leather bag, you may want to put it somewhere safe. To correctly store any quality leather bag, the leather needs to be able to breath. If you’re new handmade leather bag did not come with a dust cover (all Avallone leather bags come with one), it’s best to use a pillow case. To best store the leather bag, gently fold it and place it in the dust cover or pillow case in a dark closet. Also avoid storing the item where temperatures can be extremely hot or cold, as this is also not good for the handmade leather bag.

If you’re reading this, but have not actually bought a new handmade leather bag yet, take a few minutes to browse the Avallone Luxury website. All of our men’s handmade leather bags come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty!

Click Here to Browse Our Men’s Handmade Leather Bags Today!  

Mens Luxury Leather Backpack


5 Reasons You Need a New Leather Wallet November 17 2015

Maybe you don’t currently own a handmade leather wallet, or maybe you still use your duct tape wallet from high school. Whatever the case may be, we are willing to bet you have not bought a new leather wallet in a long time, perhaps too long.

The following are five reasons to act now and buy a new men’s handmade leather wallet to avoid further embarrassment among colleagues and friends:

1. The rubber band you use to hold your money and cards together just broke again.

    2. The Tyvek wallet you bought at last year’s holiday market is still going strong, but you can’t stand the embarrassment when paying anymore.
    handmade mens wallet

     
    3. It takes you 10 minutes to find your credit card because you don’t even carry a wallet.


    4. Your gf/wife insists on paying when you’re out, but you don’t know why.

     woman paying
    5. You're still using your old tattered leather wallet after it's beens caught in the wash for the 3rd time. 

    old tattered wallet

     

     

      Number 4 may not appear  to be too bad at first glance. However, we’re willing to bet that won’t last very long, and could even progress to a breakup or a troubled marriage. For those of you who are single, that could be your solution to getting past the first date.

      If you currently don’t own a new handmade leather wallet, and you’re not ready to buy a new leather wallet after reading the above list, you most likely have much more serious issues to deal with, and we recommend seeing a doctor as your number 1 priority right now.

       For those of you who are ready to buy a new men’s leather wallet, don’t hesitate to check out Avallone’s full selection of men’s handmade leather wallets on our website.

      Click Here to Browse Our Full Selection of Men’s Handmade Leather Wallets, Complete with a Lifetime Warranty and Free Shipping!

      Avallone Luxury Mens Handmade Leather Wallets


      Is Your Wallet Sending the Wrong Message? October 27 2015

      Have you ever felt embarrassed to take out your wallet when it came time to pay on a date or business lunch/dinner? If so, it could be because your wallet is 1 of these 4 things:

      • Old, tattered and worn out.
      • Overstuffed with outdated cards, receipts, and any other piece of paper you’ve managed to save.
      • Unprofessional looking & disorganized.
      • Lacking available funds whether in cash or bank balances.

      Many people often overlook the fact that the way you treat your wallet, along with the money in your wallet, sends a direct message about what you’re saying about yourself. You may be a financial wiz, but if you don’t own a quality handmade leather wallet, or if you do own a professional leather wallet, but cannot keep it organized, you’re sending a bad message to others around you. We’ll also teach you how to save a few extra dollars, just from keeping your wallet more organized.

      Here are 6 ways to get your wallet into shape:

       

      Invest in a quality genuine leather wallet.

      You can also get away with canvas, but make sure the canvas has some leather detailing on it. A handmade, genuine leather wallet shows professionalism, style, and class all in one package. You will never be embarrassed to take out your leather wallet again in public, if only for the fact that it looks so good. There are many different types out there, but we recommend our very own Executive Leather Bi-Fold in Black. On a side note, don’t obsess over buying “slim wallets”. If you don’t follow the next steps, even a slim wallet will become too fat to comfortably carry.

      Review Receipts

      Now that you own a quality, genuine, handmade leather wallet, you will need to clean it out once a month, if not once a week. When cleaning out your wallet, review your receipts and then store them in an expense file until you have had time to return items, or check warranties if needed. We recommend purging that file every 3 months.

      Carry Only the ID You Need

      In order to increase space and reduce thickness in your handmade leather wallet, limit the identification cards you carry to your driver's license (or photo ID), health insurance and other medical cards, and car insurance card. Don’t forget to check if your car insurance cards will expire soon. If so, it’s an excellent reminder to shop around for better rates. Also, keep your Social Security card at home and memorize the number to avoid putting yourself at greater risk for identity theft if the leather wallet is lost or stolen.

      Keep Cards to a Minimum

      Our next piece of advice is to keep only a debit card and a maximum of two credit cards in your handmade leather wallet. Put the one top that has the best rewards points or interest rate. We also recommend getting rid of store credit cards. The annual percentage rate on retail cards is over 23 percent on average, compared to 10 percent for the average low rate card and 15 percent for the average cash-back or rewards card, according to a CreditCards.com analysis. If you carry a balance month-to-month, even a great introductory offer on a store card will likely not make up for the amount of extra interest you'll incur over time.

      Carry Cash

      In this day and age of cashless purchases, there are some items or stores that still require cash. If you don't have it in your leather wallet, and go to an ATM that's outside of your network, you could pay as much as $2.50 or $3 for each transaction. Always keep some cash in a variety of bills in your wallet. To help keep your spending in check, give yourself a weekly allowance for cash or debit card purchases and stick to it.

      Back It Up

      Now that you've streamlined your genuine leather wallet, it's important to back it all up. Make copies of your credit and debit card information, driver's license and health insurance cards and keep them separate from your wallet. You can make paper copies to keep in a file for your personal finances. Or cut down on paper and take photos of your IDs and receipts that you want to keep and email them to an email address that you set up specifically for your finances. Create folders in your email to keep your information and expenses organized. When you have a good tracking system in place for what goes into and out of your wallet, you will save both money and time.

      Click here to visit Avallone and shop for more men's luxury handmade leather wallets.


      1 Easy Way to Improve Your Professional Image October 23 2015

      Oscar Wilde once said; “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

      Then again, Oscar Wilde never worked in modern day corporate America, where many offices have a casual policy and some people get ostracized for wearing a tie, when no one else is. You might ask yourself, how is it possible to enhance my professional image without being politically incorrect in the office.

      Since today’s professional culture is dominated by casual dress codes where many people no longer need to wear a suit or tie, many people carry unprofessional bags. In some cases, where employees are required to wear a suit or tie, you will still find many people carrying non-professional bags. Some of these bags can include college backpacks, bags made from synthetic materials like polyurethane, and even plastic bags from the local grocery store. However one easy way to maintain or enhance your professional image without the drama of wearing a tie in a “tie-less” work place, or simply improve the look of your suit in a business formal environment, is to carry a professional, high quality leather bag, to and from work, every day.

      handmade leather briefcase Avallone

      The effect of a quality, genuine leather bag on your professional image is priceless. It can be the difference between being the next one in line for a promotion or not. Taking the time to pick out a quality, handmade leather bag for work communicates to your coworkers and superiors that you are organized, mature, stylish, and professional, all quality characteristics of any business person. Just think, have you ever seen a Hollywood movie featuring an important business person carrying a plastic grocery bag to work every day?

      Now that you see how important an investment in a handmade luxury leather bag is for work, you must make sure to find a high quality item with fine leather. If you do not, you will risk looking cheap, and may even detract from the overall look of your outfit. For more details on finding a good handmade leather bag, see our blog post on “How to Spot Fake Leather When Shopping”. The best thing about buying a quality handmade leather bag, is that you can get away with any style leather bag, and still look professional. As long as the bag is genuine, high quality leather, any duffle bag, briefcase, tote bag, or even backpack will work.

      Click here to check out some of Avallone’s handmade leather bags for men! We have a selection of handmade leather briefcases, laptop carriers, backpacks, weekender bags, and duffle’s, all included with a lifetime warranty.  

      handmade italian leather duffle bag - Avallone


      Get the Executive Leather Passport Holder Free October 05 2015

      For the month of October, we are offering a special deal on one of our best men's handmade leather wallets. The Executive Passport Holder ($138), is handmade in kidskin leather and lamb suede, and comes with an interior zippered coin pocket, passport size pockets, credit card slots, and an exterior zipper closure.

      You can now get a Free Executive Passport Holder Leather Wallet valued at $138.00, automatically included with any of our 3 handmade leather weekender bags for men. No Coupon Code Needed. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

      Click Here to take a look at our Leather Weekender Bags and the Full Offer 

      Your purchase of any of our men's handmade leather bags in this offer also includes Free Shipping, our Lifetime Warranty, and a 30 Day Return policy for a risk free purchase! 

      Don't hesitate to take advantage of this awesome offer! Buy one today as this offer ends on October 31, 2015!


      A Real Life James Bond on Post 9/11 Travel Safety August 17 2015

      I recently came in contact with a US Federal Agent who works for the Department of Homeland Security. Based on his experience, I would have to say he is more like a James Bond on steroids. Previous to his job as an under cover US Federal Agent, he spent time as a soldier in the United States Special Operations Forces completing under cover missions in Afghanistan. He is well versed in self defense tactics including hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting, and currently travels around the world weekly doing, well, he just couldn't say. 

      So, when I asked him if  he could provide information on travel safety from the perspective of a federal agent, he obliged on the condition he remain anonymous. Written below are what he deems essential practices everyone should be doing when they travel, part of which starts before you even leave the house.

      Enjoy!        

      -Christopher Avallon, Founder & CEO 

                   The threat to the traveling public has greatly increased since the attacks of 9/11. It is more important than ever to have security precautions be a part of your travel plans. I have been traveling around the world in this new terror environment as both a Soldier and an Agent for the Department of Homeland Security. I would like to share some precautions that I take and that I think travelers might find helpful.

                  Security for a trip starts before you leave the door. When conducting domestic travel, you should always do a Google search of current events about the destination you are traveling to. This past week marks the one-year anniversary of Ferguson. It would not be a good idea to land in St. Louis for a business trip, only to find the city under a State of Emergency. For international travel more than a Google search is required. You should also look at the Department of State website http://www.state.gov. On the site you will find travel advisories and immunization recommendations. Another reference that is very helpful, if you are traveling outside of Europe is the CIA World Fact Book https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/. This reference will provide you with basic infrastructure, political, and economic information.  These sites will not only help you to identify any security threats, they will also provide you with information that will help you navigate around your destination that can not be found in travel guides. One last thing you should check is whether or not your cell phone will work where you are traveling. If you are traveling to Europe having a working cell phone is not a necessity from a security standpoint, but traveling anywhere else around the world your cell phone can be a lifeline.

                  After your research is complete your next security consideration should be the airport. During my years in Federal Law Enforcement I have spent a lot of time in airports. Most domestic and international airports have top-notch security. But the greatest assets these places have are the traveling public. If you see something that looks out of the ordinary say something to an airport employee. Your most dangerous time at the airport is when you are checking in and leaving the airport. The reason is that the arrival and departure gates have the most exposure to a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosives. These areas of most airports also have tremendous amounts of glass. It is my advice to travel through them as quickly as possible. When exiting the airport only use taxis or buses from the designated taxi and bus stands. If you get in a taxi that is not at a stand you put yourself in great danger. These are the drivers that will take advantage of travelers and in the best-case scenario you might be brought to the wrong place, in the worst-case scenario you could find yourself robbed or abducted.

                  Part of your research should also cover the hotel you are staying at. Check reviews to see if anyone left any comments related to safety or room security. When checking in never take a ground floor. These are the easiest rooms to break into. It is best to try and get a room between the second and fourth floor. That way if there is a fire you will have an easy escape. After checking into your room always ensure that all the locks work and you close the peep whole or put something over it. I travel with a door jam http://www.amazon.com/Wedge--Ultimate-Door-Stop-Green/dp/B00070FXDC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1439525189&sr=8-8&keywords=door+jam that I stick under the door to pin it shut. When traveling to Asia I will also reposition furniture in front of the door while sleeping. Over the past few years, Asian countries have seen an increase in attacks on tourists. Any hardening you do of your room makes you a harder target. Most hotel rooms have a safe and I recommend using them, but keep in mind that hotel staff have access to your safe at all times. If you are carrying something sensitive in nature, you will want to keep it on you. I would not recommend leaving passports and credit cards in hotel safes unless you are staying at a very reputable hotel that is part of a major chain.

                  When leaving a hotel you should never walk out of the door looking at your phone, especially if it is an iPhone. If you leave a hotel or a restaurant looking down at a screen you will miss the criminal who is looking at you. This action shows the sign of an easy mark. You don’t know where you are going and you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Apple products have become very popular in the US and around the world. Keep in mind while you are traveling, that when you pull an Apple product out bad people are watching you. Your screen will distract you and carrying an Apple product makes you a target. Also when I am on international travel I do not walk around with a wallet. I keep credit cards, cash, and my passport in my front pockets or a back pocket if it has a button or zipper. This gives a thief less to take and makes it more of a challenge. The other precaution you need to take when traveling is staying away from large groups of people or demonstrations. People have a natural tendency to want to walk towards large groups to see what is going on. It only takes a second for a gathering to turn into a riot and you could be caught in the middle of it. If you see a large gathering move in the opposite direction.

                  If you are a frequent traveler there are two last things I would like you to consider.They are self-defense and first aid training. Everyone who travels at some point should take some basic self-defense classes and have a plan of what they would do if someone tried to rob or assault them. It is to late to think about these things when a knife is being pointed at you or you find someone in your hotel room. You should also know some basic first aid. I am not talking about CPR; you should know how to stop bleeding.  Everywhere I go I carry a tourniquet http://www.amazon.com/Military-Issue-Combat-Application-Tourniquet/dp/B003EGD8YC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439526077&sr=8-1&keywords=tourniquet. These devices save lives. Our world has changed; not only while traveling, but going to the movies or church you could find yourself the victim of a gunshot or bomb blast. Having a tourniquet and knowing how to use it will save your life.

                  While most people will never have any security issues while traveling it is a good idea to plan for one. I hope you find information I provided helpful. Following the suggestions I have provided will increase your chances of having a safe and enjoyable trip.

      -Anonymous US Federal Agent


      5 Easy Ways to Stop a Pickpocket While Traveling August 05 2015

      It’s finally vacation time! August is the peak vacation month in both the USA and Europe, and many people will be visiting foreign cities. As a traveler, the last thing you want to experience is being pickpocketed. Luckily there are a few ways to safeguard yourself against such a situation.

      The following is a list of 5 easy ways to stop a pickpocket:

      1. Wear a money belt! This should be a mandatory item on everyone’s packing list. Most money belts are very slim, have zipper closures, and can fit your passport, credit cards, and cash without any visible evidence that you are wearing one. A good example is this slim money belt by LL Bean. For a money belt to be effective, you must wear it under your clothing; preferably around your stomach region underneath your shirt. I recommend using a money belt to carry extra cash, a spare credit card, and your passport, as you should not access it in public. It’s best to go into a stall in a restroom to take out the extra items when needed.
      1. Bring a Small Front Pocket Wallet. When I am not travelling, I usually carry cards and cash in my bi-fold wallet, and keep it in my back pocket. This is a huge no-no when traveling in foreign cities. Your back pocket is one of the easiest places for a pickpocket to steal your wallet. Instead, bring a small supplemental wallet that you can transfer some credit cards and cash into when you arrive at your hotel room (The Avallone Slim Card Carrier, Money Clip, or Front Pocket Wallet work perfectly in this scenario). Keep your regular wallet in the hotel room safe, and put your small front pocket wallet in your front pocket for easy access while shopping. If you get into a crowded area or an uncomfortable situation put your hand in your pocket and hold your wallet in a casual, non-obvious way.
      1. Don’t take anything valuable with you that you can’t keep in your money belt or your front pocket with your wallet. Most native residents can spot a foreign traveler very easily, especially if they are targeting someone for a robbery. A foreign traveler wearing a shoulder bag, or backpack while touring a city for the day becomes a target. While I was in Naples, Italy (a city with a very high pickpocket rate), I wore my money belt, and carried a front pocket wallet with my digital camera, in my front right pocket. If I felt like I was in a situation where I could be pickpocketed, I just put my right hand in my pocket and held my valuables (just like Daniel Craig below).
      1. When in non-crowded situations, don’t let strangers get too close to you. When pickpockets operate, they try to get very close in order to gain access to your pockets. They do this by edging closer and closer to you, so that they are less than an arm’s length in distance from your body. If you notice someone invading your personal space like this, whether in a line or on the street, move away immediately. Don’t try to ignore it and chalk it up to local culture, as they are most likely trying to rob you. If you are also following the previous advice regarding the money belt and front pocket hand trick, they will not be able to pickpocket you, should you not notice they are getting too close to you.
      1. Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious or unusual, and trust your gut instinct if something doesn’t feel right. This applies not just to pickpockets, but to your general safety and wellbeing while travelling. Also keep in mind that most criminals will stalk the person they intend to harm first. If you notice someone following you, get help immediately from the nearest public venue such as a restaurant, store, or if you’re lucky, a police man or police station. Do not, under any circumstances, continue walking into an uncrowded area or back alley.

      As long as you follow these guidelines while traveling, you can feel confident that you will not be a target of the common pickpocket or thief. Enjoy your vacation and stay safe!  

      Should you need anything for your next trip, don't forget to checkout our online leather goods shop below.

      Click here to shop our mens leather wallets, handmade leather bags, & leather travel accessories. 

       

       - Written By Avallone Founder & CEO Christopher Avallon

       


      New Handmade Leather Bag Product Videos July 30 2015

      As you know we have already published a set of product videos for our complete line of handmade leather wallets for men. Now we are starting to publish these same types of videos for our mens handmade leather bags. These product videos are intended to help everyone make a better buying decision while shopping for a new handmade leather bag. Each video contains a general desciption of the handmade leather bag, along with product features, and an up-close personal view of the leather, interior, and exterior areas on each leather bag. 

      So far we have published 3 new videos for the products in our mens handmade leather bags category. You can find each video on our product details page for each leather bag. However, to save you the time from browsing our website, we included the videos below.

      The first one is on our Antique Leather Backpack

      Check it out:

       

       The next video is on our Executive Leather Laptop Carrier in Brown:

       

      The last video is on our Antique Leather Briefcase:

       

       

      Those are all of our new men's handmade leather bag videos for now, but we'll keep you posted as we come out with more! 

      Click here to browse our other men's handmade leather bags!


      Jersey City Photo Shoot – More Handmade Leather Bags! July 09 2015

      We decided to take advantage of the nice weather in Jersey City this week and take some photos of our handmade leather bags from the Antique Leather Collection. Currently the Antique Leather Collection contains 3 styles of men’s handmade leather bags. Below you can see photos of our Antique Leather Weekender Bag, Antique Leather Briefcase, and the Antique Leather Backpack.

      Each handmade leather bag in this collection is made with antique vegetable tanned cowhide that develops different shades of brown as the leather ages. We further complimented the look and color contrast by making each leather bag with tan lamb suede edging. As you know, all of these handmade leather bags are made with 9 stitches per inch, and come with a Lifetime Warranty & Free Shipping.

      Check out some of the photos below:

      This is our Antique Weekender Handmade Leather Bag shot on the waterfront in Downtown Jersey City, right across the river from New York City. 

      Here is our Antique Leather Backpack from our Antique Leather Collection with the New York City Skyline in the background.

      ...and this last one here is our Antique Leather Briefcase pictured outside of the Lord Abbot Mutual Fund Building. 

      Thanks for taking a look at some of our photos from the shoot. To browse all of our handmade leather bags just Click this Link. Remember for the month of July we are giving out a Free Executive Bi-Fold in Black with a purchase of any of our handmade leather bags. 

      Don't hesitate to shop our handmade leather bags today! Lifetime Warranty & Free Shipping included. 


      3 Luxury Leather Bags for Your Next Vacation! July 02 2015

      Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to pack your bags and go on a vacation! No matter your destination, you can’t take a trip without the proper luggage to carry your belongings. Whether you’re taking a short vacation (less than 1 week), or a long vacation, you will most likely always be bringing with you a men’s leather bag of some sort. In this post, we are going to focus on our best luxury leather bags, and how they can help improve any trip you take this summer!

      Our first men’s leather bag recommendation is our Antique Luxury Leather Backpack. This leather backpack is one of our best handmade leather bags because of its versatility, unique style, and excellent durability. It’s handmade in vegetable tanned cowhide that gets better with age, and contains lamb suede detailing for added style. This handmade leather backpack makes a great carry-on (its 12 inches long x 16 inches high x 7 inches wide), and can also be used to carry your belongings when touring your destination.

      Special features include:

      • Padded I-Pad Sleeve
      • Adjustable Leather Straps
      • Front Zipper Pocket for Accessories

      Click Here for the Full Antique Leather Backpack Product Listing

       

      Our next luxury leather bag recommendation is our Antique Leather Weekender Bag. If you are shopping for luxury leather bags, and have not bought one yet, this is the luxury leather bag to get! This leather weekender bag is handmade in vegetable tanned cowhide & lamb suede that develops an excellent patina the more you use it. Avoid taking two bags as it’s over-sized for a week-long stay or a weekend, if you’re a heavy packer.

      Special Features Include:

      • Zipper Lock & Key for Extra Security
      • Detachable & Adjustable Leather Strap
      • Extra Size – 23 inch Length x 14 Inch Height x 12 Inch Width

      Click Here for the Full Antique Leather Weekender Product Listing

       

      Our final luxury leather bag recommendation is our handmade Italian leather duffle bag; IE the 1st Class Traveler Duffle Bag. Most men’s leather bags in the market place do not compare to the style and quality of this men’s leather duffle bag. This handmade leather bag is made in Italian Napa Leather & Lamb Suede, and contains a Lamb Suede lining. It’s the perfect carry-on size & weekender size (21.4 inch Length x 11.7 Inch Height x 9.4 Inch Width).  This luxury leather bag also comes in brown or black.

      Special Features Include:

      • Adjustable & Detachable Leather Shoulder Strap
      • Pressed Metal Feet for Stability and Durability
      • One Inside Zipper Pocket

       

      Click Here for the Full 1st Class Traveler Italian Leather Duffle Bag Listing

       

      Now that you have an idea of how one of our men’s handmade leather bags can improve your next trip, don’t hesitate to try one out. Each bag comes with a Lifetime Warranty, Free Shipping, and a 30 Day Return Policy!

      Click Here to Shop our Handmade Leather Bags for Men Today!


      The Avallone Guide to Men's Leather Belts June 25 2015

      There are many different men's leather belts in the market place today. In order to give you an easier time shopping for a quality leather belt, we put together this quick guide to buying & wearing mens leather belts. 

      Correctly Wearing & Matching Your Leather Belt

      Correctly wearing a leather belt shows a sense of sophistication and great style. Incorrectly wearing a leather belt will give off the impression of bad style and disorganization. As a good rule of thumb, always match leather when dressing up. In other words, if you are wearing shiny black leather shoes you need a shiny black leather belt to go along with them. When dressing up, this goes for all colors and materials, ie; brown suede belt with brown suede shoes, croc leather belt with croc shoes, etc. Always matching the color and material will go a long way in showing great personal style.

      Your exception to this rule is when dressing in a very casual situation. In a case where you are wearing non-leather casual shoes, you can get away with mixing and matching your belts. However, we strongly suggest sticking with canvas or cloth belts in that scenario. When wearing casual leather shoes such as boat shoes, or something similar to them, you can alternate between a suede belt or a leather belt as long as the color of the belt matches the color of the shoes. For example, we have a D-Ring Tan Suede Belt in our mens leather belts section on our website. This belt matches perfectly with a pair of tan leather boat shoes from Sperry Top Sider. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Belt Length 

      When shopping for a leather belt, you also need to consider the belt length. Dress leather belts should have a little extra leather to reach through the first belt loop once the belt is fully fastened. Always try to stay on the shorter side when deciding. When wearing a leather belt that is casual, you have more leniency with a longer tail. Just don't go over board and buy one where the tail wraps halfway around your waist, or hangs down to your knee. 

      Most imporatantly, when determining your size, pick a belt that is labeled as 2-3 inches larger than your waist size. 

      Belt Buckle

      Many men's leather belts come with buckles that are usually different shades of gold or silver. There difference's between casual belt buckles and dress belt buckles. The casual belt buckles on men's leather belts are typically larger, and come in many shapes and styles. The dress belt buckles on men's leather belts are smaller in width and have smaller buckles in mostly rectangular shapes. 

      When wearing a leather belt for dress, you should match all of your jewelry (cufflinks, watch, etc) to the color of your belt buckle. The only exception to this rule is your wedding ring, which does not have to match. Otherwise many men would be stuck wearing every piece of metal in gold for the rest of their life. 

      Notice the sleeker, rectangular shape of the buckle on our Reversible Dress Belt above.

       

      Now What?

      Now that you know everything about matching, sizing, and how to wear a leather belt, start shopping around to find the best one! A good place to start looking is right here on Avallone Luxury! We have a small curated selection of mens leather belts that include casual d-ring belts and more dressy reversible leather belts

      Click here to check out our mens leather belt section now!

       

       


      New Videos for Handmade Leather Wallets June 18 2015

      In order to help make your online shopping experience better and more informative, we have now added videos for all of our mens leather wallets. Our mens leather wallets make up some of the best-selling items on AvalloneLuxury.com. You can now get a better feel for our quality leather, stitching, and how each of our handmade leather wallets looks in natural lighting while being held in front of your face.

      The mens leather wallets from our Antique Leather Collection and the Executive Suede Collection make up all of the handmade leather wallets on AvalloneLuxury.com. Whether you need a new leather credit card holder, or a mens leather bi-fold, take your time and go over all the details necessary. Each new product video can be found in our handmade leather wallets section of the website. Then, after clicking on an individual leather wallet, you will see the product video in the details section of that product page.

      Click here now to check it out! Or you can view a sample below. 

      To give you a sample of the new videos on our handmade leather wallets, we have one featured below on our Executive Bi-Fold mens leather wallet in Black.

      Also, don’t forget that every mens leather wallet comes with a Lifetime Warranty & Free Shipping in the USA!


      The Best Wallet in the World – Especially If You Like Orange January 04 2015

      As many of you know, Avallone specializes in men’s handmade luxury leather goods. Using a combination of fine craftsmanship and Italian leather, they have created the Italian Classic Bi-Fold Men’s Leather Wallet. The wallet is part of the Executive Suede Collection, and the orange suede leather gives this classic style wallet a unique, modern twist. It’s one of the newest leather products they have released currently available on AvalloneLuxury.com and stores nationwide.

      The Italian Classic Bi-Fold Wallet is handcrafted in soft, luxury, orange goat suede on the outside, and smooth, supple, orange Italian Napa leather on the inside, and border of the outside for extra durability. For $68, this luxury wallet is perfect for a night out, or even your business suit, and with the unique orange suede you will definitely garner some attention. It features a slim profile with 7 credit card slots, a bill divider, ID window, 2 side slip pockets, and quality backed by a lifetime warranty. Oh, and in case you hate orange, Avallone also carries this bi-fold wallet in forest green, brown, and black.

      In addition to wallets, Avallone produces handmade leather bags, belts, passport holders, and a variety of other men’s luxury leather accessories. Just browse the website (www.avalloneluxury.com) and have a look around. Current prices range from $49 to $462, and they also feature a brand new Antique Leather Collection. If you would like to find a local retailer who carries Avallone leather goods, go to the “Find a Retailer” link in the footer of the website. Some of their most notable retailers include Belk in Charlotte, NC, Spare Parts in Chicago, IL, Rothmans in NY,NY, and Blakley-Mitchell in Bristol, VA.


      Buying a New Leather Bag or Wallet? – What You Need to Know First December 22 2014

      A major part of making a smart purchasing decision when buying a leather jacket, leather bag, belt, wallet, or any other leather product is knowing exactly what kind of leather it was made with, and what characteristics that type of leather embodies. Once you familiarize yourself with the different manufacturing processes involved, and the different types of finished leather used on products today, you will drastically reduce your chances of being ripped off.

      For those of you who do not know, companies produce leather by transforming a raw animal skin or hide into leather through a manufacturing process called “Tanning.” Tanning basically cures the animal hide, and prevents it from further decomposition. Once leather is tanned, companies use a finishing process to finalize the desired look and feel of the leather. It is through a combination of different tanning and finishing processes that result in the many varieties of leather you currently see in stores.

      Some of the most popular tanning methods today are Chrome tanning and Vegetable tanning. There are also many other tanning methods that the majority of people are not familiar with. However, for our purposes we will cover the 4 most common methods; i.e. the ones responsible for producing the leather you will most likely encounter on your next trip to the store. The following is a list of each tanning process and the type of leather that results from it:

      • Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannins and other ingredients found in different vegetable matter, such as tree bark prepared in bark mills, wood, leaves, fruits and roots and other similar sources. It is supple and brown in color, with the exact shade depending on the mix of chemicals and the color of the skin. This is one of most natural ways to tan leather, and it is the only form of leather suitable for use in leather carving or stamping. This leather is not stable in water; it tends to discolor, so if left to soak and then dry it will shrink and become less supple, and harder. In hot water, it will shrink drastically and partly congeal, becoming rigid and eventually brittle. However, if treated with certain finishes and dies, this water instability can be prevented. The leather can be purchased in naked form, or in different colors finished by the manufacturer.
      • Chrome-tanned leather, invented in 1858, is tanned using chromium sulfate and other salts of chromium. It is more supple and pliable than vegetable-tanned leather and does not discolor or lose shape as drastically in water as vegetable-tanned. More esoteric colors are possible using chrome tanning. The chrome tanning method usually only takes a day to finish and the ease and agility of this method make it a popular choice. It is reported that chrome tanned leather is responsible for close to 80% of the leathers in the world.
      • Aldehyde-tanned leather is tanned using chemical compounds of glutaraldehyde or oxazolidine. Most tanners refer to this leather as wet-white due to its pale cream or white color. It is often seen in automobiles and shoes for infants, and is the main type of “chrome-free” leather.
      • Rawhide is made by scraping the animal skin thin, soaking it in lime, and then stretching it while it dries. Rawhide is not technically "leather", but is usually lumped in with the other forms. Rawhide is stiffer and more brittle than other forms of leather; it's primarily found in uses such as drum heads and parchment where it does not need to flex significantly; it is also cut up into cords for use in lacing or stitching and for making different dog toys.

      Once the leather tanning process has been completed, the newly tanned leather needs to be sent through a finishing process. Remember it is a combination of the tanning process and finishing process that gives you the finished leather seen in stores. Most tanning and finishing processes can be mixed and matched. For example, you can make Vegetable tanned full grain leather, or you can make chrome tanned full grain leather. Different finishing processes result in different leathers. The following is a list of the most common finished leathers with some explanation on how they were finished.

      • Full-grain leather refers to hides that have not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed (as opposed to top-grain or corrected leather) to remove imperfections (or natural marks) on the surface of the hide. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability. The grain also has breathability, resulting in less moisture from prolonged contact. Rather than wearing out, it will develop a patina over time. High quality luxury leather furniture, shoes, leather briefcases, leather wallets, leather belts, and many other items are often made from full-grain leather.
      • Top-grain leather has had the "split" layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Its surface has been sanded and a finish coat added to the surface which results in a colder, plastic feel with less breathability, and it will not develop a natural patina. It has greater resistance to stains than full-grain leather, so long as the finish remains unbroken.
      • Corrected-grain leather is any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The hides used to create corrected grain leather do not meet the standards for use in creating vegetable-tanned or aniline leather. The imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain embossed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes. Most corrected-grain leather is used to make pigmented leather, as the solid pigment helps hide the corrections or imperfections.
      • Split leather is created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting operation, the top-grain and drop split are separated. The drop split can be further split (thickness allowing) into a middle split and a flesh split. In very thick hides, the middle split can be separated into multiple layers until the thickness prevents further splitting. Split leather then has an artificial layer applied to the surface of the split and is embossed with a leather grain. Splits are also used to create suede. The strongest suede’s are usually made from grain splits (that have the grain completely removed) or from the flesh split that has been shaved to the correct thickness. Suede is "fuzzy" on both sides. Manufacturers use a variety of techniques to make suede from full-grain.

      Additional Finished Leathers that are derived from the main categories seen above.

      • Nappa leather is a kind of full-grain leather first made by Emanuel Manasse in 1875 whilst working for a tanning company in Napa, California. That is how the leather got its name. Nappa leather is full-grain un-split leather made from kid, lamb or sheep skin. Nappa leather is typically chrome tanned to give it a very soft and supple feel, and dyed so as to obtain various colors.
      • Nubuck is top-grain cattle hide leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side, or outside, to give a slight nap of short protein fibers, producing a velvet-like surface
      • Patent leather is leather that has been given a high-gloss finish. Patent leather usually has a plastic coating, and can be made from any type of hide.
      • Vachetta leather is a type of full grain leather and is used in the trimmings of luggage and handbags. The leather is left untreated and is therefore susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight will cause the natural leather to darken in shade, called a patina.
      • Belting leather is a type of full-grain leather that was originally used in driving pulley belts and other machinery. It is found on the surface of briefcases, portfolios, and wallets, and can be identified by its thick, firm feel and smooth finish.

      Now that you are familiar with the main tanning and finishing processes, and the different leather those methods produce, you can put that knowledge to good use. Next time you are shopping, whether on the internet or in the store, take a look at the tag or description of the leather bag, wallet, or belt you are buying. Take note of the type of leather it was made with, think back on the processes used to produce that particular leather, and what type of characteristics those processes give that leather. You will now have a better idea on the durability and use you will get from that leather product before spending your hard earned money.


      How to Spot Fake Leather When Shopping December 15 2014

      It's not always easy to tell the difference between genuine and fake leather. If you think you're getting a genuine leather handbag or pair of shoes, it can be disheartening to later learn that you have been deceived. So to help you spot the hot from the not, use the tips below for detecting fake leather.

      Instructions

      • Study the edging where the fabric has been cut. Real leather will have a rough-around-the-edges look and feel to it, but fake leather will look and feel like foam or plastic.
      • Feel the fabric. Fake leather has an artificially smooth, often plastic feel to it. Depending on the type and quality of leather, real leather can range from course to silky smooth. But the texture will generally be less consistent than fake (since you can't regulate the real thing) and have a suppler feel to it.
      • Examine for pores on the surface of the leather. Pores on the fake will be in a consistent, repeating pattern, whereas pores on the real thing will be more irregular.
      • Take a whiff of the product. If it doesn't have that distinct "leather" scent, you can be sure that it's a fake.
      • Spend some time comparing fake leather products with genuine leather. Once you've seen the difference between the two, you will eventually get good at spotting a faux right away.

      Avallone Now Found at O'Connell Clothing in Buffalo, New York! October 10 2014

      O’Connell's, established in 1959, is a family owned and operated traditional clothier offering mens, womens, and young mens clothing.  Through the years, the Huber family has established a loyal clientele by providing uncompromising quality, unquestionable value, and exceptional service. 

       

      O’Connell’s
      3240 Main Street
      Buffalo, NY 14214

      1-800-336-0076 (toll-free)


      Avallone Now Found at Chris Foley Fine Leather in Healdsburg, CA! September 19 2014

      Located 2 blocks north of the Healdsburg Plaza. Leather bags, briefcases, wallets, purses, watches, watch battery replacement, silver jewelry, luggage and much more!

      433-B Healdsburg Avenue
      Healdsburg, CA 95448
      (707) 473-9892
      (707) 473-0400
      (707) 473-9488 (fax)

      Avallone Now Found at Phil's Gift Shop in Binghamton, NY! September 04 2014

      Operated by the Ellis Family since 1939, Phil's Gift Shop offers customers a shopping experience that is friendly and personal. Gifts are beautifully wrapped and can be delivered locally or shipped worldwide.

       

      Phil's Gift Shop

      1115 Chenango St.

      Binghamton, NY 13901

      P: 607-722-1257 


      Avallone Now found at Wit's End Giftique in Clifton Park, New York! July 22 2014

      Since 1975, Wit’s End has continued to grow into one of the top destination gift, jewelry and fashion stores in the Northeast. Featuring over 25,000 square feet of unique gifts from around the world, and an expanded fashion department with fabulous clothing for every age – from dressy to casual. Stop in and see what’s trending now!

      Parkwood Plaza, 1762 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065
      Phone: 518-371-9273
      Email: info@witsendgiftique.com
      http://www.witsendgiftique.com/


      Avallone Now Found at Aidan Gill For Men in New Orleans, LA! July 01 2014

      History of Aidan Gill

      A native of Dublin and a longtime barber/retailer in London and New Orleans, Aidan Gill has spent over 25 years assembling the classic furnishings and memorabilia that make Aidan Gill for Men such a singular men’s enclave, a direct descendant of the once lost and lamented barbershops and gentlemen’s clubs of bygone days.

      Magazine Street Store

      2026 MAGAZINE STREET
      NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
      504.587.9090

       


      How to Buy a Quality Leather Briefcase June 26 2014

      How does a man buy a leather briefcase?

      With so many options out there, how can you make a smart purchasing decision.

      I mean, this isn’t like buying a drink.  A good leather briefcase or satchel is going to cost at least $300 and the better quality ones easily break the $500 barrier.  If you’re in the market for a larger bag with special feature – you could be spending close to $1000.

      Click the link below more to learn how to make the best decision from custom suit maker Antonio Centeno, founder of RealMenRealStyle.com!

      https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/buy-leather-briefcase/